Regulations and Permits

EMS Passport Subscription Program

The EMS Passport is a subscription program for when emergency ambulance transportation is required. The program is designed to help eliminate out-of-pocket patient expenses and health insurance co-payments. It also offers protection against rising health care costs. Subscribers will not be responsible for any additional balances or fees regarding emergency ambulance transportation, except as required by law or regulation, after insurance claims are processed.

As with any medical emergency, please dial 911 for immediate service.

Chesterfield County Fire and EMS will promptly respond to your medical emergency regardless of membership status with the EMS Passport program. If you are not a current member, you will not be able to subscribe at the time services are rendered. Individuals requiring emergency ambulance transportation have been charged for this service since 2002.

Eligible Participants

The following are eligible for the program:

  • Chesterfield County residents
  • College or university students in Chesterfield County
  • On-site workers in Chesterfield County

Note that Medicaid-only beneficiaries may not be eligible for EMS Passport. Potential subscribers should check with their health insurance carrier to determine if the EMS Passport program is right for them.

Black and Smokeless Powder Regulations

All permit holders shall comply with laws, regulations and ordinances set forth by the International Fire Code, Virginia State Fire Prevention Code, Chesterfield County Code, NFPA 495, and Federal Regulation 27 CFR, Part 555. Failure to comply with these conditions may constitute a violation of the law, which could result in possible legal action. Complete the black and smokeless powder permit application (PDF).

Required Documentation

  • You must maintain record of black powder sales, removal, destruction and/or on-hand stock.
  • A permit is on an annual basis only. A check for $65 must accompany for a renewal made out to Treasurer, Chesterfield County.
  • You must present a copy of ATF permit and/or license.
  • A material safety data sheet for products must be on site.
  • The minimum insurance required shall be $1,000,000.

Blasting Regulations

Blasting operation shall comply with the provisions of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, county ordinances and nationally recognized standards applicable to handling, storage and use of explosives or blasting agents.Complete the blasting permit application (PDF).

Blasting Requirements

Requirements include the following:

  • Blasters shall be certified by the State of Virginia.
  • Blasting mats and backfill shall be used.
  • Blasting shall be done during daylight hours only.
  • There shall be no blasting during thunderstorms.
  • The permit shall be on site when blasting.
  • Magazines shall not be located on site where there is blasting.

Fireworks Regulations

The sale, possession and use of fireworks by anyone other than a licensed and permitted fireworks professional is prohibited by the Chesterfield County Fire Prevention Code and regulated by Virginia Fire Prevention Code.

For fire displays, permits are issued by this office and permits must be submitted for review 15 days in advance of the event. Requirements for displays are listed on the fireworks displays permit application (PDF).

Permit Requirements

Application for a fireworks permit shall be made at least 15 days in advance of the date of the display or discharge. All permits for displays must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum liability insurance certificate of $1,000,000.00 must be secured. The county shall be named in addition to the insured on the certificate or proof of insurance.
  • The discharge site must be approved by the Chesterfield County Fire Marshal or their appointed assistant. This visit should be coordinated with the shooter if possible.
  • All handling, storage, discharge and activities related to the fireworks must follow the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and related standards.
  • The person in charge of the event, based on prior approval, is responsible for:
    • Coordinating and/or providing adequate fire protection for the display.
    • Arranging appropriate security and crowd control for discharge and display areas.
    • Policing the fallout area after the display to locate any unexploded shells. The area is to be searched and rendered safe before allowing public access.
  • The person in charge of the event is responsible for the timely completion of all paperwork, site visits, show coordination, etc., to ensure the display will occur without delays or cancellation.

Open Burning Regulations 

No burning is permitted from May 1 through Sept. 30. Open burning/permitted burning does not excuse you from consequences associated with damages or injuries. All laws, ordinances, regulations must be complied with according to federal government, Commonwealth of Virginia and/or Chesterfield County. Complete the open burning permit application

General Open Burning Rules

  • Fires must be constantly attended until extinguished and no longer smoldering.
  • Attendees must provide adequate fire extinguishing equipment to control the fire.
  • The Virginia Department of Forestry requires that any open burning from Feb. 15 through April 30 between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight. Must be within 300 feet of woodland, brushland, or field containing dry grass or other combustible material leading to woodland.

Portable Propane Containers Awaiting Use or Resale

Portable propane containers must be stored within an approved enclosure, which protects against tampering. The enclosure must be secured to the sidewalk, pad, etc., to avoid tipping or movement of the enclosure. All containers must be stored in an upright position. When storing, all containers must be at least 10 feet from any doorway, 10 feet from any combustible material and 20 feet from any motor fuel dispenser. Storage of greater than 500 pounds (25 cylinders) may be required to be greater than 10 feet from any structure, for life safety reasons. Complete an propane container exchange installation application (PDF).

Site Approval and Inspection

Complete an propane container exchange installation application (PDF) and include a site drawing on 8.5 inches by 11 inches paper showing the proposed location of the following:

  • Alleys
  • Bollards
  • Doorways
  • Driveways
  • Location of the Fire Extinguisher
  • Parking Areas
  • Roadways
  • Storage Enclosure

The drawing must be approved by the fire official prior to any work being performed. Forward all of the information to the Fire and Life Safety Division.

Storage enclosure installations must be inspected and approved by the fire official prior to containers being stored, exchanged, or sold on site.

Three copies of the as installed site drawing must be signed by the supplier, store manager and the fire official; these approved copies must be retained by each party.